With Congress and the president now officially at war over Iraq, all parties scrambled yesterday to gear up for the coming firefight. The President promised to veto the spending bill with troop withdrawal deadlines attached, seeming to relish the fight ahead. Tthe newly aggressive and unified Democrats, notes the New York Times, seemed surprised at their own success at pushing for an exit strategy after years of wishy-washiness.
GOP strategists tell the Washington Post that the Dems may have overplayed their hand, and that Bush loyalists expect their man to pick up points by looking more presidential. The LA Times sees no end to the slugfest in sight: neither side has any incentive to back down, and the military won't start to run out of cash, despite posturing to the contrary, until late summer. (Read more Iraq stories.)